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Praying for Europe - June 5, 2015

June 2015
 

 

The following stories come from IMB workers serving as Apprentices, meaning they are serving their first term (usually 3 years) of a career of missionary service. For more information visit: http://www.imb.org/go/serving.aspx#Apprentice/Career

 

by an IMB worker in Germany

We had a time in our language class last week where my husband and I were able to share with the entire group of twenty. Our theme of the day was about teenagers and protecting them from drugs and alcohol. Since we were the only people in the room who had teenagers, our teacher asked us to share how we handle our own kids. We were able to share how the most important thing that we teach our own children is to put their relationship with God in the first position. We also shared that just as God loves us no matter what we do, we tell our children the same thing. It was truly amazing that God opened up this door for us to speak to the entire class. We have never seen the class remain that attentive for the past six months we have been there. Four students came up to us afterwards and commented and asked some questions. At our class break, we were able talk to a few of the class members separately and share with them a little more about our faith. Quite frankly it was a bit intimidating to stand before a large group like that but God gave us the courage and words to speak. Praise be to Him.
 

by an IMB worker in France

God opened a door for me to ride my bike with a friend, a few foreigners, and a French man to the Eiffel Tower. There is a nice bike path from where I live to the tower and we spent the morning on a ride that included a lot of conversation and cultural learning. We stopped at a small cafe and over coffee talked about learning and education. We discussed how learning as a craft is best done in a hands on setting and not in a classroom. This opened a door to talk about following Jesus and discipleship. While one's faith can be informed inside of walls, it is best expressed and experienced out in the places Jesus leads us to serve. We continued the conversation about a few other things, but I hope to share more next time we meet up for another ride.
 

by an IMB worker in Romania

Recently I went to get my hair cut at a place near our apartment where they sort of know who I am and I usually have opportunities to share the gospel. Unfortunately, this time the guy cutting my hair did not want to talk at all about spiritual things, so I was kind of down on the walk back home. As I was entering our apartment, our upstairs neighbor was also coming in from work and I spoke with him for about an hour. The best part of it all was that he began asking me questions of a spiritual nature. He even asking what we believe about salvation and life after death. After coming inside I realized that God had still been gracious in giving me an opportunity to share my faith, even though it was not at what I expected.

MONTHLY PRAYER FOCUS

Who Needs God?


Looking across the skyline of Gent, Belgium, it is not uncommon to see crosses signifying the presence of church buildings. Driving through the countryside often takes you through small villages generally consisting of homes, a baker, a butcher, a grocer, and a church. The latter gives evidence that at some point faith was an important part of life in Belgium. Sadly, today only the most magnificent of these buildings draws much of a crowd, and for aesthetic rather than spiritual reasons.

Prayer Focus: June 2015

Who Needs God?

Looking across the skyline of Gent, Belgium, it is not uncommon to see crosses signifying the presence of church buildings. Driving through the countryside often takes you through small villages generally consisting of homes, a baker, a butcher, a grocer, and a church. The latter gives evidence that at some point faith was an important part of life in Belgium. Sadly, today only the most magnificent of these buildings draws much of a crowd, and for aesthetic rather than spiritual reasons.

John and Lucy Long have served in Gent for the past 8 years. They share, “Western Europe has the lowest percentage of Evangelical Christians per capita in any region of the world, but that is not a valid excuse not to share our faith here. Often it seems as if God is just no longer on people’s radar and men no longer seek Him. The vast majority of Belgians see themselves as beyond a need for the superstition of faith. It is a hard place to work, where the seeds of the gospel almost always fall on rocky, hard ground. Often we must look for the still, small evidence of God’s hand.” One such example occurred recently, when John met with a man who described himself as a “bad atheist.” He further declared that he only believed in love and his pets. John was able to share with him and plant a seed of truth in the crack of the hardened soil surrounding this man’s heart.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for John and Lucy and other believers who are living out their faith in Belgium. Ask that they will “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time they will reap a harvest if they do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
  • Rejoice that there are three families in various stages of the process of joining the Longs in Belgium. Petition that they will form a unified team with each other and national believers to work together as “two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
  • One of the most urgent prayer needs for Belgium is finding a creative and effective way to help those that say they are “maybe” interested in knowing more about God and/or faith to dare to take the next step. Petition that there will be national leadership and input in this area and that God will clearly show them “the path of life” (Psalm 16:11).

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